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    Perceptions and reality: Ten things we should know about attitudes to immigration in the UK

Perceptions and reality: Ten things we should know about attitudes to immigration in the UK

Figures released on 27 November showed that net migration to the UK in the year to June had risen to 260,000 people. With David Cameron having previously announced a goal of cutting net migration to below 100,000 per year by the time of the 2015 general election, the figures have once again pushed the issue of immigration to the […]

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    The key focus for the EU should be on producing results for its citizens, not institutional reform and procedural changes

The key focus for the EU should be on producing results for its citizens, not institutional reform and procedural changes

The results of the European Parliament elections have prompted a number of European politicians to call for a reform process aimed at enhancing democracy and solving existing issues within the EU’s institutional framework. Renaud Thillaye writes that while ‘reform’ may be the mantra of the day, what European voters really want are tangible results, such as improved economic performance […]

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    How do you solve a problem like… Nigel? What Austria can teach the Conservatives about dealing with UKIP

How do you solve a problem like… Nigel? What Austria can teach the Conservatives about dealing with UKIP

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) gained the largest vote share and seat allocation in the UK’s European Parliament elections. Tim Bale writes that while UKIP’s strong polling ratings prior to the election had already prompted David Cameron’s Conservative Party to take a harder line on immigration and the EU, it would be a mistake to respond to UKIP’s […]

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    David Cameron will face challenges both at home and abroad after the votes are counted in the European Parliament elections

David Cameron will face challenges both at home and abroad after the votes are counted in the European Parliament elections

The UK’s Conservative Party does not sit with other mainstream centre-right parties in the European Parliament as a member of the European People’s Party, but instead sits in a smaller group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). Tim Bale assesses some of the challenges the party might face after the European Parliament elections on 22-25 May. He notes that with […]

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The UK’s Labour Party faces a conundrum over offering a referendum on the EU

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. Simon Usherwood writes on the policy of the opposition Labour Party, who are reportedly considering offering a referendum on EU membership of their own. He argues that the main factor behind this decision […]

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Why David Cameron’s ‘red card’ plan for national parliaments won’t work

David Cameron has committed the UK to renegotiating its membership of the European Union if he wins a majority at the next British general election. As Andrew Duff writes, one of the key elements of this reform package will likely be to elevate the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process. He argues that such a proposal should […]

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